Political Volunteers Turn Out in Large Numbers

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Only a couple of weeks left until the official election day... and political volunteering may be at an all-time high in Leon County.
It's been very busy at both campaign headquarters in
Tallahassee, and several volunteers at both camps are first time political volunteers.
"I'm a volunteer calling on behalf of the McCain-Pallin Campaign," says Joel Shank as he makes calls at the McCain headquarters phone bank.
Shank is one of hundreds of Leon County residents volunteering for a presidential campaign for the first time this year.
"It had a lot to do with what I'm interested in but you know this election is so important," says Shank.
Shank has been working the phone bank for the John McCain campaign along with another first timer Jane McLeod who says she's "walking the walk" to help the McCain Campaign.
"I'm concerned about our elections this year and so I felt it was time to get out and put some muscle behind my thoughts," says McLeod.
McLeod just started 10 days ago.
Caylee Steeves is following in the first timers trend... but over at the Barack Obama campaign headquarters.
"I would be good at going door to door and helping kind of just spread the word and make sure people know the choices out there," Steeves says.
Steeves is just beginning her volunteering efforts on this, the first day of early voting in Florida, and Elizabeth Holland helps her and others get started.
Holland decided to go ahead and retire so she could volunteer for the Obama campaign on a full time basis.
"It isn't just young people and retirees that are working full time or during the days, it was people giving up their businesses, people taking leave of absence from their jobs," explains Holland.
Organizers at the McCain and Obama camps say they have a few hundred volunteers in Leon County and it appears there's more volunteers this year than in previous presidential campaigns.
Both camps say more and more volunteers are coming through their doors as election day nears, and they welcome them because you can't have too many volunteers.


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